Sunday 22nd, July 2018
canara news

Gauri murder probe goes to SIT

Published On : 07 Sep 2017   |  Reported By : Courtesy : DHNS   |  Pic On: Photo credit : DHNS

Bengaluru, (DHNS): Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday announced a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to crack the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh.

The SIT is headed by Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) B K Singh, who will be free to form a team as big as the probe necessitates, Siddaramaiah said after an emergency meeting with Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy and top police officials. DCP (West) M N Anucheth is the investigation officer.

Gauri, 55, was shot dead from point-blank range by three bike-borne assailants on Tuesday night. She was laid to rest Wednesday evening at the T R Mill burial ground at Chamarajpet in Bengaluru.

“The SIT has been formed exclusively for this case to intensify the investigation. I’m confident the perpetrators will be nabbed soon,” Siddaramaiah said. Insiders pointed out that the CM chose to form a SIT instead of handing over the case to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to avoid criticism, as the latter was yet to crack the killing of scholar M M Kalburgi, shot dead in Dharwad in August 2015.

Organised crime
The killing of Gauri was “an organised crime,” the chief minister said, adding that the police have obtained CCTV footage from her Rajarajeshwari Nagar residence, where she was gunned down. “There are four CCTVs in her house - one near the car park, one near the main door, one in the cellar and one behind the house. We have a footage showing the assailant entering the compound and opening fire. Gauri falls after taking 4-5 steps backwards. The assailant, however, was wearing a helmet,” Siddaramaiah said.

The assailant’s face, according to Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, was not very clear in the footage. “That’s how it appeared to my eyes. I’m sure the police will be able to see clearly,” he said.

It was too early to connect Gauri’s murder to that of activists Narendra Dabholkar’s, Govind Pansare or writer Kalburgi, the CM said. “There are similarities in the cases of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi because of a common weapon used to kill them. In the case of Gauri, the investigation is still in a preliminary stage,” he said.

Intelligence lapse?
It is difficult to collect intelligence on such attacks, he said, rejecting the argument that Gauri's killing was an intelligence failure.

Siddaramaiah reiterated that Gauri had never expressed any threat to her life. “Gauri was a friend. She used to meet me regularly. In fact, she met me a week ago, but never once did she say she was facing threat.”

More News

Bus pass: Several colleges remain closed
Bus pass: Several colleges remain closed
Shiroor seer’s death: SP dismisses rumours of arrests
Shiroor seer’s death: SP dismisses rumours of arrests
Penalty planned, plastic packings to cost more
Penalty planned, plastic packings to cost more

Write your Comments

Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on CANARANEWS to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using canaranews will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.